The residential building falls within the area of the historic city centre of Varna. It is located on the main pedestrian artery to the Sea Garden – Slivnitsa Boulevard and Stefan Karadzha Street, and the emblematic Black Sea Hotel is nearby. The context of the building is highly characteristic due to the architectural and historical features and dynamism of the central area.
The character of the building is shaped by the presence of lime-sand sculptures, decorations on the façades and two sculptural figures of children on the pediment by Kiril Shivarov. Although the building is not an architectural monument, the idea of preserving its existing appearance and sculptures has been applied in the project for upgrading and reconstruction. Restoration and reconstruction are provided to the architecture and integrated sculptures of the building as closest as possible to the original, given the poor current state of some of them.
A leading concept in the combination of historical architectural heritage with contemporary intervention and design is the trend established for decades in the European architectural practice. The project purposefully seeks a different architectural vision from the existing one in order to pay due respect both to the existing building and to the spirit of its time and to that of our time. In the newly built part, the initial urban planning restrictions, consistent with the silhouette of the surrounding buildings, are the most important. Minimalistic raster and geometry have been used so that the one of the old building not to be dominated and they both be in harmony. High-quality fibre-cement panels of construction are provided for the entire newly built façade on both streets, including on the roof plains. Dynamics and character are introduced into the strictly arranged rhythm by the use of different types of panels and the positioning of large openings in the living rooms on the façades. This further improves the provision of sunshine in view of the unfavourable orientation and provides visual contact to the entrance to the Sea Garden. The façades of the existing building are restored with high-quality smooth plaster in white earth tone. The superstructure is designed in the same tonality so that the building has an overall finished look.
The new functional reorganization of the spaces and the building are expressed in 4 residential floors and 1 ground floor with public function. Each floor is one apartment. Access to the residential entrance is through a passage from Stefan Karadzha Street. The entrance to the public space is preserved from the corner of the building, and there is also an own green courtyard in the interior of the property.
Награди:2021 | Bringing Light to Life – Velux | Winner | Reconstructions – Residential Buildings2020 | International Architecture Awards Interarch | Winner | Reconstruction